40 Facts About Borg


Borg are an alien group that appear as recurring antagonists in the Star Trek fictional universe.

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The Borg are cybernetic organisms linked in a hive mind called "the Collective".

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Borg have become a symbol in popular culture for any juggernaut against which "resistance is futile", a common phrase uttered by the Borg.

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Borg represented a new antagonist and regular enemy which had been lacking during the first season of TNG; the Klingons were allies and the Romulans mostly absent.

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Individual Borg are referred to as drones and move in a robotic, purposeful style ignoring most of their environment, including beings they do not consider an immediate threat.

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Borg commonly have one eye replaced with a sophisticated ocular implant.

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Borg usually have one arm replaced with a prosthesis, bearing one of a variety of multipurpose tools in place of a humanoid hand.

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Borg have flat, grayish skin, giving them an almost zombie-like appearance.

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Some Borg have been shown to be far stronger than humans, able to easily overpower most humans and similar species.

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Typical Borg have never been seen to run, instead moving in a deliberate fashion, never retreating.

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Borg are highly resistant to energy-based weapons, having personal shielding that quickly adapts to them.

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In various episodes, phasers and other directed energy weapons tend to quickly become ineffective as the Borg are able to adapt to the specific frequencies on which these weapons are projected once a ship or an individual drone is struck down by them.

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Borg shields are ineffective protection against projectile or melee weapons, and several have been defeated in this way, or through hand-to-hand combat.

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Borg possess a "cortical node" that controls other implanted cybernetic devices within a Borg's body; it is most often implanted in the forehead above the organic eye.

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Borg civilization is based on a hive or group mind known as the Collective.

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Each Borg drone is linked to the collective by a sophisticated subspace network that ensures each member is given constant supervision and guidance.

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Individual Borg rarely speak, although they do send a collective audio message to their targets, stating that "resistance is futile", often followed by a declaration that the target in question will be assimilated and its "biological and technological distinctiveness" will be added to their own.

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In "Mortal Coil", Seven of Nine says the Borg assimilated the nanoprobe technology from "Species 149".

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Capability of nanoprobes to absorb improved technologies they find into the Borg collective is shown in the Voyager episode "Drone", where Seven of Nine's nanoprobes are fused with the Doctor's mobile emitter, which uses technology from the 29th century, creating a 29th-century drone existing outside the Collective, with capabilities far surpassing those of the 24th-century drones.

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Borg are a spacefaring race, and their primary interstellar transport and combat vessel is known as a "Borg Cube" due to its shape.

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The Borg are portrayed as having found and assimilated thousands of species and billions to trillions of individual life-forms throughout the galaxy.

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When first introduced, the Borg are said to be more interested in assimilating technology than people, roaming the universe as single-minded marauders assimilating starships, planets, and entire societies to collect new technology.

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However, in QWho a Borg is depicted apparently trying to assimilate, probe, or reconfigure a control panel in engineering using an energy interface instead of nanoprobes.

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In First Contact, the Borg Queen is seen during a flashback of Picard's former assimilation, establishing she was present during the events of "Best of Both Worlds".

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Borg Queen returned in the second season of Star Trek: Picard, played by Annie Wersching and Alison Pill.

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Borg first appear in the Star Trek: The Next Generation second-season episode "QWho", when the omnipotent life-form Q hurls the Enterprise-D across the galaxy to challenge Jean-Luc Picard's assertion that his crew is ready to face the galaxy's dangers and mysteries.

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Borg next appear in The Next Generations third-season finale and fourth-season premiere, "The Best of Both Worlds".

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Borg make frequent appearances in Star Trek: Voyager, which takes place in the Delta Quadrant.

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The Borg are first seen by Voyager in the third-season episode "Blood Fever" in which Chakotay discovers the body of what the local humanoids refer to as "the Invaders"; which turns out to be the Borg.

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In "Scorpion", the Borg are engaged in a war of attrition against Species 8472, whose biological defences are a match for the Borg's nanoprobes.

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In one of the few instances of the Borg negotiating, in exchange for safe passage through Borg space, the Voyager crew devises a way to destroy the otherwise invulnerable Species 8472.

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Origin of the Borg is never made clear, though they are portrayed as having existed for hundreds of thousands of years .

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The letter writer, Christopher Haviland, speculated that the original Borg drones were members of a race called "the Preservers", which Spock had suggested in the original series episode "The Paradise Syndrome" might be the reason why so many humanoids populate the galaxy.

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Extra section of the game Star Trek: Legacy contains the supposed "Origin of the Borg", based on a scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture which tells the story of V'ger being sucked into a black hole.

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The Borg Queen was created out of the necessity for a single unifying voice.

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In unlockable motion-comics that are unlocked after completing each era, it is revealed that the Vulcan T'Uerell experimented on Borg corpses left behind from the Enterprise episode "Regeneration", and became assimilated.

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The crews of the Enterprise-E, the Titan, and the Aventine make contact with the Caeliar, the advanced species that created the Borg, and enlist their aid to end the Borg threat once and for all.

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The Borg are noted as a powerful cybernetic force among the Star Trek aliens, although the Federation has generally been able to thwart their plans.

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The Borg are noted for their use of powerful starships, assimilation of other species, and for wanting to acquire new technologies.

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Borg uttered the phrase in several Star Trek episodes and the film Star Trek: First Contact .

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